Prospect Impressions: Must-see OT winner by Colin Smith, Hutton’s behind-the-back save, other goals of the week

By David Hahn
Colin Smith - Lake Erie Monsters; Antoine Bibeau - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Colin Smith nets an overtime goal against the Toronto Marlies’ Antoine Bibeau to give the Monsters a 4-3 win on Friday night (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)


Highlights from the NHL right on down through the AHL, college hockey and junior hockey are all part of this week’s Prospect Impressions article featuring notable plays made by NHL prospects in the prior week.

In just his second season in the AHL, former Kamloops Blazer Colin Smith has already become one of the leading scorers for the Lake Erie Monsters. Smith, a seventh round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2012, has been steadily improving for the Monsters, even earning a chance to play in his first NHL game in early December. Take a look as Smith’s 10th goal of the season finishes off the Toronto Marlies in overtime.

Last season, the Nashville Predators relied upon goaltender Carter Hutton to stop the puck in Pekka Rinne’s absense due to injury. This year, another Rinne injury opened the door for Hutton. On Tuesday, with the Predators ahead 4-3 against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, Hutton somehow kept a tremendous scoring chance out to extend a franchise record streak of nine straight wins at home.

New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair displayed why he is regarded as a strong two-way forward in the Quebec Remparts 6-2 over Shawinigan this weekend. During this week’s recent four-game homestand, the Remparts have outscored their opponents 27-13. Duclair factored in nine of those goals, including this effort where he strips a Cataractes forward before setting up draft-eligible winger Vladimir Tkachev.

The Barrie Colts have enjoyed a successful season with the man advantage, with Brendan Lemieux leading the OHL in power play goals. Lemieux, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, has continued to bring net front presense to the Colts. Take a look as Lemieux deflects this Rasmus Andersson shot home in Barrie’s 5-4 win over Mississauga.

The U.S. National Under-18 team defeated the Czech Republic this week at the U18 5 Nations Tournament to secure a second place finish behind a dynamic duo’s impressive effort. Auston Matthews, regarded as one of the top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, scored three goals and one assist in the 6-2 win. Jack Roslovic, a future Miami Redhawk, dished out two assists in the game, with his second one coming in fine fashion.

For University of Vermont defenseman Dan Senkbeil, sometimes you just need a little help to score your first goal of the season. During this weekend’s game between his 17th-ranked Catamounts and the University of New Hampshire, Senkbeil jumped into the play and was rewarded with the puck. Watch as Vermont would increase their lead on this unbelievable play on the way to a 5-2 win.

More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!

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